Evidence review: Promoting adolescent girls’ health and well-being in low-resource settings in the era of COVID-19

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Adolescent girls are among the groups intended to benefit from measures governments enact to control COVID-19, such as travel restrictions and business and school closures. However, given the dual disadvantage adolescent girls face due to age and gender, even approaches that effectively reduce the threat of COVID-19 transmission may exacerbate other threats to their health, safety, and well-being. In response, governments, multilateral agencies, and non-governmental organizations have moved to address these risks, though evidence to support investment decision-making is limited. Clarity on the type, degree, and strength of the evidence in support of interventions that promote adolescent girls’ health and well-being is urgently needed. We are conducting an evidence review to meet this challenge. Based on the findings of a structured literature search of published and selected grey literature sources, we will map the current scope of evidence on relevant interventions in low- and middle-income countries. Based on this mapping, we will identify the implications for interventions and research on girls’ health and well-being as the crisis evolves across diverse contexts.


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